Chloe Stratta

Glories of Venice: Vivaldi cantatas for soprano, counter-tenor and Strings

Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm, St Mary's, MUNDON

Vivaldi composed his choral and solo vocal music for the girls of the Pieta orphanage in Venice. In recent years, these pieces have come to be associated with performances by counter-tenors. Some of the world’s most famous counter-tenors have recorded both of these works. Carlo Zanetti comes from Rome, where he appeared frequently from an early age as a boy soloist with Rome Opera. Roles included third spirit in the Magic Flute, soloist in The Chichester Psalms and soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria.  Carlo has appeared with Pegasus Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. He is definitely a singer to watch out for in the future.


Carlo Maria Zanetti is a young counter-tenor from Rome, currently singing as a choral scholar with the choir of Chelmsford Cathedral. Carlo started his musical training early, singing with the choir of the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. At the same time, Carlo appeared in a large number of operas for Rome Opera; being the treble of choice whenever a boy was required. Consequently, Carlo has already sung with some of the greatest singers and conductors in the world. Roles have included The Shepherd Boy in Tosca, First Spirit in Magic Flute, the young Jeanne d’Arc in Jeanne d’Arc au bucher and the Shepherd Boy in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Before moving to Chelmsford, he sang in the choir of the Cappella Giulia in the Vatican.


Carlo is hoping to continue his studies as a choral scholar in the University of Oxford.


Chloe Stratta graduated from the  University of Manchester with a first class bachelor of music degree in 2013, and continued her studies subsequently under Ryland Davies and Deborah Rees. She is currently studying in London with Colin Baldy.

Over the past few years, Chloe has performed in oratorio, opera and recitals; in particular working as a soprano soloist in the South West. Her solo concert repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah,  Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass, in Exeter  Cathedral. Her roles have included Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Scheggino Opera, Umbria, Italy), Venus in Blow's Venus and Adonis (Manchester University Music Society), Soprano Soloist in Purcell's The Fairy Queen (City Lit Opera), and in scenes she has performed as Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Anne Page in Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love, Angelica in Handel's Orlando, and Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto. She has performed as a member of the chorus for Handel's Semele (Manchester University Music Society), and in Verdi's Aida and Beethoven's Fidelio for Dorset Opera Festival. 

Whilst at University Chloe was a member of the chamber choir Ad Solem, with whom she performed numerous concerts in the North West, and toured to Italy.  She also had the opportunity to sing with the Hallé choir, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, on two occasions. She spent a semester abroad studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Australia. 

Alongside her regular performances, Chloe has experience in teaching singing, having taught in three schools in Devon and Dorset, as well as privately.

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